Match preview: Espanyol vs. Atlético

Los Colchoneros will be looking for their third consecutive victory on Sunday

Agüero has 5 goals in our last 5 matches  (

Agüero has 5 goals in our last 5 matches

Atlético hope to make it three wins in a row when they head into Barcelona on Sunday evening, where Espanyol await them.

If los Rojiblancos manage to pick up a victory against los Pericos, they would be looking at their first three-game win streak since January 2010.

The clubs have gotten to know each other a little more than usual this season, as they have faced off in la Liga, Copa del Rey and in the final of the Trofeo Ramón de Carranza this past summer.

Los Colchoneros were in a very similar situation when Espanyol visited them at the Calderón back in November, hosting los Pericos following two consecutive victories over Osasuna and Real Sociedad. The White and Blues spoiled our bid for a three-game streak though, with a 3-2 thumping in Madrid.

Espanyol, after a bright start to their 2010-11 campaign, have lost their footing of late, slumping throughout the second half and winless in their last three matches. Quique’s men will seek to capitalise on their opponent’s recent decline in form, though the Rojiblanco boss remained guarded ahead of the tie.

“We are on the right path but we can’t come in overly confident,” Quique told Atlético’s official site on Saturday. “If we are too confident we will let our arms down, we will have fewer attacks on goal and our opponents will create more chances.”

Atlético will be without striker Diego Forlan for this clash, as the Uruguayan, who was limited in training all week, has been experiencing soreness in his left ankle.

Juan Valera and Fran Mérida were left off the match selection through tactical decision. Antonio Lopez returns to the squad after missing out last week with a knee injury.

The absence of Forlán shouldn’t be too much of a concern for Atleti fans; in fact, with the way ‘La Rubia’ has been playing lately, things will pretty much be as usual in Barcelona this weekend.

The Aguero-Costa duo has offered plenty of firepower, as the pair have scored a combined 8 goals in the last 5 matches.

Despite Quique’s insistence that Europa League qualification “depends on us” and not on other teams’ results, both sides will be boosted by the news of Sevilla’s loss to Getafe on Saturday. Atleti can now move up to fifth place on the table if they come out triumphant at the Cornellà-El Prat, while Espanyol can tie Sevilla in points if they win before their home crowd.

Atletico match selection:
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Joel
Defenders: Antonio López , Filipe Luis, Godín, Ujfalusi, Domínguez, Perea
Midfielders: Mario Suárez, Tiago, Raúl García, Elías, Paulo Assunção, Reyes, Juanfran, Koke
Forwards: Kun Agüero, Diego Costa

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

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  • palc

    El Clasico light.

  • El Clasico Light yes, although I am very nervous before this game. Espanyol played a very tricky game last time and stole 3 points at Calderon so we need a revenge here! Aupa Atléti!

  • Sergio Lopez

    Good luck, Atletico…

  • Sergio Lopez

    The only thing I feel pity is that Fran Merida is absent…

  • Maryke

    I’m seriously missing our Uruguayan! Come on Atleti!! Vuela alto!!

  • Yes! Just what I always thought, Uruguayo is missed especially them long shots =(

  • Ringo Schut

    But Kun Kun is better, so not really a biggie for me.
    Costa could show he is in fine shape, Filipe seems to finally be adapted to the team, although one game shouldn’t be a reason to choose someone..
    Koke is more central, so Filipe could play Dani Alves-ish on the left (being both LB and LW), I believe he has the stamina and pace for the job.
    Just don’t put Garcia there, he’ll find a way to screw things up somehow.
    And Reyes is shooting better lately, so should we really miss the Uruguayan?

  • Yes we should miss him! =)
    I mean Uruguayo can and still has something to show, and he has already scored so many goals for Atléti…He might just not be in the right form or this season might be bad for him, but I’m sure he’ll come back next one =)

  • Lubo Sklenar says that we are after Pablo Oswaldo. Although he scored twice today, we don’t need him. Borja should be given first team chance instead. If there was anyone else and not horrible-again Luis Perea, he wouldn’t score those goals.

  • Edletico

    I think we played alright today but it is so obvious where we need to improve. We need an improved right side of defence, someone who can control the midfield and another winger. We were so much more dangerous with two wingers when Simao was here

  • palc

    Raul Garcia 🙁